West Ham fans have been lucky enough as of late to see a number of talented youngsters breaking through their academy and grabbing first-team chances. One of those stars is the Portuguese winger Xande Silva, who, whilst speaking to the West Ham website, has claimed he wants to follow in the footsteps of Grady Diangana and Declan Rice.
"I want to follow in the footsteps of Grady and Dec and win a regular space in the squad and the team."https://t.co/cLZELClFZJ
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 8, 2019
The 21-year-old started his first ever Hammers’ senior match last weekend in the FA Cup, playing 79 minutes against Birmingham in a 2-0 home win. That first start is just another milestone for the talented youngster though, as he made his Premier League debut just over a week ago off the bench in West Ham’s 2-0 loss away at Burnley.
The youngster can play a number of positions but is primarily a centre-forward, and with seven goals in six games in the Premier League 2, it’s no surprise that the Irons have been calling for him in the senior side. For those fans to see these ambitions words from Silva will be hugely encouraging though, and with Manuel Pellegrini getting the balance spot-on between importing players and bringing them through the ranks, good things are on the horizon for Silva and co at the London Stadium.
You can read the Hammer’s verdict on Xande Silva here:
That’s the attitude we need – good man
— chris carlaw (@Chris_Carlaw) January 8, 2019
This is what happens when you bring through your best youngsters, it inspires the others to work hard and secure a place. Unlike other clubs who let their youth players go or let them rot on the bench or U23's etc.
— Russell Kirby (@rustyk1971) January 8, 2019
What he means is….I will put in a 100% every game and not miss one game with "a knock". It seems to me the more value, moneywise, you have the less you play. We have a complete team on good money doing nothing.
— Bubblensqueak (@kmf944c) January 8, 2019
And judging from his performance, he certainly deserves a shot at it – he showed more desire and skill than Perez ever has!
— Martyn Cranfield (@MartynCranfield) January 8, 2019
Takes Perez place for me
— hammerhead (@larryberyl) January 8, 2019
great to see Declan and Grady setting an example to younger players – more of this!
— Gregg Reid (@_greggreid) January 8, 2019
Can’t wait too see young Silva bag his first goal for the club, the scenes will be mental #COYI
— Andy Carrol The Smoking Barrel (@west_utd) 8 January 2019
The Hammers absolutely love seeing their academy graduates coming through the ranks and shining in the senior side, and Xande Silva looks like he’s going to be the latest star to be doing this.